We are a family, even though the Social Supervision considers my daughter as a task, as they have
expressed several times before.
My daughter is almost 8 years old, and she is not our biological child , although my husband and I got her
when she was about 48 hours old.
She is psychologically our child, and we are her psychological parents. We are mum and dad, we have
Legally, though, we are foster parents for our daughter. This summer she got a little brother who is
biologically ours, and there is truly no difference to us as parents, we love them both equally high.
Social Supervision – East wants to remove our daughter due to my role as a public figure, and the media
exposure of me in this context and the fact that I am accused, not formally charged or convicted, for having
shared a link to a killing video, in relation with the coverage of a terrorist attack.
We have written the following answer to Social Supervision – East.
To [..] and Jaleh Tavakoli
March 13 2019
Social Supervision intends to terminate your approval as foster parents
Social Supervision East is according to § 7 in Law of Social Services monitoring your general approval as foster parents. Your current approval states that you are approved to foster one child in 24-hour care.
Social Supervision East considering information provided to social services intends to make the following
Your approval as foster family is terminated.
Information about the case
The Social Supervision read in the press on Thursday March 7th, 2019 that you, Jaleh, had been charged for violating §264 d act 2 in the criminal code, caused by you sharing a video on the social media Reddit. The video shows the killing of a young woman in Morocco in December 2018.
On March 11th, 2019 we contacted [region-name] Police, who confirmed that you were charged with violating criminal code § 264 d, act 2.
Social Supervision authorizes and monitors, among other things, approved foster parents. In this context, the social service assesses whether the foster parents meet the requirement for approval. It is required that the foster family meets the standards of § 6 in the Law of Social Services.
We asses that you do not meet the requirements, due to the charge, to have a foster child, therefore the Social Supervision revokes your approval as foster parents.
Children placed in foster care are in general, children in need of special support. Therefore, they are dependent of the foster family they are placed in. Under no circumstances, can there be doubt as to the foster family’s ability to secure a safe upbringing, the foster family’s skills and the foster family’s ability to support and execute decisions the local authorities make regarding the foster children. This also includes a healthy and constructive collaboration with the local authorities regarding the foster children.
As general approved foster family, you accept a special task in regards of taking care of children with special needs, which is why there cannot be raised significant questions to the family’s moral or ethics. It is also expected by the Social Supervision that approved foster parents acts accordingly to the fact that a duty is carried out on behalf of the public.
The assessment put special emphasis on the fact that you, Jaleh, is charged with violating Criminal code §264 d, act 2, caused by you sharing on the social media Reddit in December 2018 a video of a young woman being killed in Morocco.
Criminal code § 264 d deal with unauthorized distribution of images or messages about a person’s private relationships or images of the person which evidently can demands exclusivity from the broader public. Act 2 deals with situations where the distribution is under particularly aggravating circumstances. This makes the penalty increase to up to 3 years in prison. This law is about the objective act, which means that the crucial point is if there has been a distribution or not, and not what motives are behind the distribution.
The Social Supervision asses that being charged under this act is incompatible with having a general approval as foster parents.
Social Supervision recognizes that foster parents obviously have the same freedom of speech as everybody else, but this right, must be exercised according to the laws of the country. Due to the approval as foster parents there is an added obligation, because the work with marginalized and vulnerable children demands attention to the fact that foster parents often are primary role models for their foster children, and the fact that the foster child, often vulnerable, mirror itself in the foster parents.
It is also the job of the foster parents to guide and support their foster child in acting on the social media as to communicate, navigate and restrict itself in the digital universe, so the child does not expose itself in an inappropriate manner or violate others.
As foster family, it is also important that the kid is not further marginalized or put in a vulnerable situation because of the foster parents’ actions.
Social Supervision emphasizes also in their assessment:
- That it can be problematic for your foster child that you, Jaleh, are charged for a serious crime due to your sharing of the video as part of your participation in the public debate. This is a discussion and considerations a child does not benefit from involvement in – and by doing it publicly we asses, that you force your foster child into this discussion. When your face and opinions clearly is presented on dr.dk and other media it is unavoidable that the foster child’s friends, family and others are aware of this. We asses that you are placing your foster child in a serious situation, since the child’s loyalty towards you, and the boundary-crossing action for which you are charged for, is not compatible.
- That the way you, Jaleh, has chosen to expose yourself and communicate politically in this actual case about sharing a violent video, challenges the aforementioned perspectives and the fact that you step forward in the public debate in leading Danish media – printed and electronic, can compromise your role as a foster parent. It is an aggravating circumstance that you, in connection with your participation in the public debate, have shared a video, whose rough content can raise doubt to your judgement in regard to your role as a general approved foster family.
- That you, Jaleh, as one of the primary role models for your foster child is so heavily exposed, and in connection with that, have shared a very violent video, can cause a complicated situation for your foster child.
- That you, Jaleh, through your actions on social media in the actual case not sufficiently protects your foster child and fail to act as the “digital role model” a foster parent must be. It is imperative, that children learn to act in the digital universe, so they learn to protect themselves and not get into problems. It is also important that the child learns that others must not feel violated. In this context, your actions can confuse and raise serious doubt in a child, as to how to act in the digital universe.
- We also asses that it is an aggravating circumstance that you as general approved foster parents, despite already under protected address according to our information caused by threats and harassments, continue to massively expose yourself, including sharing aforementioned video, which inevitably is traceable to you, and eventually your foster child. This is considered incompatible with the task of being a foster family.
We also emphasize the fact that you still have not reported to the Social Supervision about the charge, instead we had to gain knowledge about this due to the media reporting about the charge. The lack of reporting is further enhanced by the fact that you, Jaleh, on your public Facebook page mentioned the charge last week but did not find reason to report to the Social Supervision, despite that this obligation is explicitly mentioned in your approval.
It is mentioned in §12 act 2 no. 1 in law regarding social services, that approved foster parents on their own volition are obliged to report about significant changes regarding the basis of their approval. The fact that a foster parent is charged with a crime punishable by up to 3 years in prison, is an information you should have provided to the social services, considering obtaining criminal records is part of the general approval as foster parents.
The social service also asses, that the charge and the circumstances in this case in general, has raised so much doubt about your possibility of keeping your approval as foster parents in the future. It has therefore not been deemed necessary to make a new assessment-report, since the themes in evaluation of quality of foster families, is set aside by the serious charge against you. The Social Supervision asses that regardless of how good an assessment-report would be, there has been raised reasonable doubt regarding your possibility to remain your current approval, that any assessment based on the themes of the general quality model, cannot change our assessment.
We assess on this background that you no longer fulfill the requirements for approval of foster parents according to the law of social services.
You have the possibility to comment the coming decision. Any comments must be at the hands of the Social Supervision no later than 14 days as of today.
We wish to invite you to a dialogue, where we can discuss the contents of this letter outlining our intention.
The meeting is scheduled [day] [month] 2019 in the offices of the Social Supervision at [address]. Participants are Chief of Social Supervision East [..], Head of Department [..], Legal Consultants [..] and [..] and the undersigned Supervisory Advisor.
Upon arrival you are asked to go to the entrance of the public hall, and call for me, where upon I will pick you up and bring you to the meeting.
You are to confirm in writing, whether you can participate in this dialog. You can bring an assessor.
Social Supervision will reach a final verdict after the meeting and the end of hearing period.
Legal rulings: The verdict is made under consideration of law of social services §§ 5, 6 & 12 and to announcement about social services § 11 act 1 number 2 and announcement appendix 2.
If you have any questions to this letter outlining our intention, you can contact us.
Supervisory Advisor [..] and Head of Department […]